Utterly useless, unless you own your own chickens, in which case: AWESOME.
When I watched the Eggies infomercial, I was intrigued. I have my own chickens, you see, and it is virtually impossible to peel a hard-boiled egg if it is fresh (i.e. less than 2-3 weeks old).
Yesterday I spotted a package of Eggies on sale at Grocery Outlet, so I snapped it up. I rushed home and gave it a test, boiling up four eggs that night for dinner. To sum up: it's complicated.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
It isn't as easy as the ad makes it out to be. Each Eggie is actually four small bits of plastic. You have to fit them all together, add a bit of cooking oil to keep the egg from sticking, and then manage to get the raw egg in there.
The Eggie pieces are made of lightweight plastic, which meant a lot of fumbling and juggling. The hole at the top of the Eggie is a bit on the small side, and it takes a bit of practice to crack an egg and slide it in just right. One of my eggs had a too-large yolk, which I had to gently push with a fingertip in order to get it to pop inside.
In other words, Eggies are a real dexterity test. These are not something to buy for an elderly relative who has trouble peeling eggs.
The eggs turn out an odd shape, due to the shape of the container.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn't observe that there are potential negative health consequences from cooking foods by boiling them inside plastic containers.
DID IT WORK?
Yeah, actually, it did. Once I fumbled everything together and got it in the pot, it was just a matter of boiling them for 15 minutes. They cooled quickly (I ran them under cold water) and popped out of the Eggies relatively well.
I can't picture a world in which using Eggies is easier than just boiling eggs. For example, there are five steps before you get to "Put it in a pan of water." Compare this to the usual method, for which there is only one step: "Put it in a pan of water."
Clean-up is also a royal pain. Particularly compared to the clean-up from the usual method, which is to simply throw away the eggshells.
In fact, I am hard pressed to think of anyone who will benefit from Eggies… except for those of us who have pet chickens. And if you have pet chickens, then take it from me: these things are awesome!